Choosing a Paddle
At AirKayaks.com, we sell only breakdown paddles for portability, typically 2pc canoe or 4pc kayak paddles. These come in various materials, blade sizes, lengths and feathering options.
We generally recommend 230cm or 240cm paddle lengths for inflatables, as they are wider than most traditional hardshell kayaks. In these two sizes, length is more of a personal preference.
Smaller blade sizes are good for general shorter kayak trips where you are just out for enjoyment. You will need to work harder if you want to really push water, but over time you will use less energy as the blades are lighter. Larger blades will give you more of a stroke but will weigh a bit more.
Most blades have three feathering positions - straight, 60 degree lefthand and 60 degree righthand. Many people use the straight position. The offset positions are used to minimize air drag but require wrist movement - as one blade is in the water perpendicularly to maximize pull, the other is in the air parallel to the water, to minimize air drag. Some of the paddles feature an incremental feathering.
At AirKayaks.com, we understand it can be difficult weighing all the options. We’re always happy to answer any questions. Feel free to give us a call at 707-998-0135 or email email@example.com